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My life goal is to run the life of race with excellence.
I want to love well and live well.
I passionately love my Jesus and wish to serve Him with every part of my life.
I love my family and friends and am so thankful for the beautiful people in my life.
I love speaking, I love learning, I love exercise, I love reading and I love new adventures.
This blog will cover toddler tips, Bible truths, snorkeling adventures, book reviews, theology snippets, counselling advice, and the tears and triumphs of a life well lived.
Thanks for journeying along with me. I trust you too will be encouraged to love well and live well with eternity in view.
The playpen was one of my most used play places for my toddlers.
- they developed a love of reading books
- they enjoyed some quiet time away from the bustle of family life
- they learnt to be creative with their open-ended toys
- they sat and enjoyed listened to music during this play time
- they were not bothered by older siblings showing them the ‘right’ way to play
- they were not interrupted by younger siblings destroying their block tower or game
- they were safe while I had a shower
- they learnt to sit and focus and concentrate
- they learnt the valuable life skill of self-play adeptness
- they gained the important and beautiful life-long gift of of self-control
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There are parts of my life that don’t have gaps.
There are parts of my life that show that my beliefs are seen in my actions.
I believe it is important to exercise regularly. This is evidenced by the three nights of tennis I play each week.
I believe it is important to create a peaceful and calm environment and this is evidenced by my clutter-free house.
I believe that our money is a gift from God and should be spent wisely and this is evidenced by my careful budget that I actually adhere to.
I believe it is important to keep learning and this is evidenced by my post-graduate awards and my attempt to read through the deeper C.S.Lewis classics this year.
I believe it is important to help others walk well with Jesus and so I meet regularly with young women to help them see Jesus in the messiness of life.
Gaps and No-Gaps.
Beliefs and practice.
I find it helpful to step back and take stock.
What do my actions and choices, my spending and my conversations show that I really believe in?
There is a gap in my life.
There is a gap between what I say believe with my words and what I say with my actions.
I say that I believe that all people are equally valuable, yet I will favour one over another with my time.
I say that I believe that it is important to eat natural foods, yet I will eat processed food from packets.
I say that God will provide for all my needs, yet I will check my bank balance and purse constantly.
I say that it is important to forgive as we have been forgiven, yet I will recount offences against me.
I say that knowing how the story ends makes all the difference, yet I grumble about slow traffic.
I want to close the gap.
I want to love all people God sends in my path each day.
I want to choose to eat well at least 90% (trying to be realistic too!) of the time.
I want to budget wisely, save carefully and give generously.
I want to truly ‘forget’ offences by never referring to them again.
I want to remember Jesus in the moment of frustration so that my heart is at peace.
I want to live well and love well each day for His good and gain, not my own.
Without the gap.
‘ didn’t know that my heart could break any more than it already had.’
Another dear friend, is facing not one, but two, huge valleys.
One will definitely end in loss. The other may be an ongoing heartache.
Both are totally out of her hands.
Both involve people she loves dearly.
I ache for her.
I have cried for her.
I have put a sign on my desk as a reminder to pray for each day.
My heart hurts for her.
I want to take it all away.
I want to fix it for her.
But I can’t.
No one can.
So, I will simply walk with her through this season.
I will listen.
I will pray.
I will care.
I will try to love her well.
She will not walk alone.